If you see Sid…

December 1986 – Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise made the Voyage Home; Den and Angie were enjoying a short lived second honeymoon at the Queen Vic; Mel and Kim were getting set for the weekend while The Bangles walked liked an Egyptian, but the people...

An End to Commuting?

“To think when I was first ordained I thought one of the perks was no longer having to commute” one member told us last week. He went on to outline a particularly busy day which involved, amongst other things, an assembly, two meetings, two funeral visits, two...

How to Blow your Credit Rating without Borrowing a Penny

The internet thinks I’m interested in a loan. I have to say that it is not entirely the internet’s fault; I do spend an inordinate amount of time on my computer searching for loans and loan related sites, it is something of an occupational hazard. So advertisements...

Not Waving But Drowning

Did you know that in the frigid waters surrounding Britain 55% of drownings occur within 10 feet of safety? Perhaps more surprising is that 66% of those who die through drowning would be considered good swimmers. This tells us how easy it is, even for the strongest...

The Unanticipated Impact of Unity

The London Millennium Bridge opened to the public on 10th June 2000 when an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 participants in a charity walk on behalf of Save the Children crossed it. As with all bridge structures, the Millennium Bridge is subject to a degree of movement...

FSCS Announce New Deposit Protection Limit

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has announced a new limit on the amount of individual savings that are covered by the scheme. The current £85,000 level of protection continues until 31 December 2015. So there’s no immediate change for consumers. That means...

Count your stresses, name them one by one

In 1967, psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe decided to study whether or not stress contributes to illness. They surveyed more than 5,000 medical patients and asked them to say whether they had experience any of a series of 43 life events in the previous two...

How to clear your overdraft for £1.50 a day

Eight years ago this month I was facing redundancy as the organisation I worked for had lost its funding and called in the receivers. Unlike many people in a similar situation I was fortunate, a rescue package was put together and I and most of my colleagues were...

“Let me through…I’m a Methodist”

It’s probably not the most obvious thing in the world, to equate a Methodist with the emergency services, but this cry was a feature of Thursday evenings in the dining room of a certain theological college in the North East of England circa 2003. The reason for the...